October is National Physical Therapy Month!

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last week because I was out of town, but now I’m back and excited for National Physical Therapy Month!!  Anyone who knows me, not only knows that I love talking, but that I also loveee talking about PT! 😀

APTA.org is a great resource to learn about physical therapy, so I decided to highlight some of their points here:

What can a physical therapist do for you:

PT’s Provide:

Intensive Education and Clinical Expertise

Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate — from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice.

Caring to Suit Your Needs

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Physical therapists diagnose and treat people of all ages, including newborns, children, and elderly individuals. They may consult and practice with other health professionals to help you improve your mobility.

Easy Access to Professional Care

In most states, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist directly, without a physician’s referral.    —but not in California! 😦   I will make posts in the future on California’s continued fight for patients to have direct access to physical therapy.

APTA (American PT Association) also made a great video about what Physical Therapists do.  The video is 10 min long, but it’s a great resource for anyone interested in becoming a PT or for anyone who wants to learn that physical therapists don’t only do massage 🙂

Here are some helpful links for anyone interested in learning more about Physical Therapy, and maybe it’s not for you, but you may have a friend or family member that can benefit from PT!

Move Forward PT <- great consumer friendly site to learn about PT

Ask A PT  <-great resource with a number of already answered questions!

Find a PT <- here you can search for PTs that are members of the APTA

Be A PT.org <- great resource for individuals interested in becoming a PT!  Or you can also email me if you have any questions, I’m always teaching students in my clinic and try to stay informed on what is happening in PT schools.

I will do a post next week on what a pediatric PT does!

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